|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1928|
|Death: ||Aug. 19, 2010|
THOMAS ANDREW LENSING SR., 82, of Little Rock died peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 19th, 2010. At his request, his body will be donated to the Anatomical Gift Program for Medical Research at UAMS.
He was born in Scranton, Ark., where he was a member of St. Ignatius Church. He graduated early from Subiaco Academy at 17 years old in 1945. A Navy veteran of WWII, he served in the Pacific theater aboard the USS Hooper Island. He graduated from Southern School of Printing in Nashville, Tenn., and was retired from the Arkansas Democrat and International Graphics. He was past president of the Catholic Knights of America, catcher for the Knights of Columbus 1950's fast-pitch softball team, a long-time member of International Typographical Union and a dedicated member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Emma Jean Burris; four children, Catherine Lensing Harper (husband, Paul) of Highland Park, Texas, Thomas "Bud" Lensing (wife, Kathe) of Albuquerque, N.M., Barbara Lensing of Little Rock and Eric Lensing (wife, Shelly) of Roland, Ark.; and grandchildren, Leslie Clute and Emma and Charles Harper. He was preceded in death by his parents, Casper and Anna Lensing of Scranton, Ark.; three sisters and five brothers.
He pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals, rode a winner every racing day at Oaklawn Park and golfed the Masters, all from his favorite living room chair. He loved hummingbirds, sitting in the shade in his backyard and growing the best tomatoes.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care Foundation, 2200 S. Bowman Rd., LR 72211. The family gratefully appreciates the compassionate care he received by Dr. Rammos, Michelle and the rest of the staff at the SICU at St. Vincent's, as well as all the thoughtful staff at Hospice Home Care of Little Rock.
Dad was a quiet but wonderful man. He was kind, gentle, intelligent and fun. He loved animals - including all of his grand-dogs. Two of his favorites were Barkley, shown in one of the photos attached to this memorial and Louie, who he called Louis' the 14th.
He wrote the most humorous poetry, and loved history. After his retirement he worked at Dillard's Executive Travel, a job he enjoyed very much. He also gave of his time to worthy causes - including The American Red Cross and Arkansas Links, and of course he gave his whole life to his God, his church, and his family.
We love you Daddy, always and forever, and will see you again someday.
Casper Martin Lensing (1888 - 1936)
Anna Crescence Heim Lensing (1892 - 1984)
Emma Jean Burris Lensing (1933 - 2013)*
Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery
North Little Rock
Created by: BarbaraL
Record added: Aug 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57399442